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I have never been a big fan of open-source software. As a born cynic, I never quite bought into the altruistic model of development. I do, however, buy into open-source pricing models and have little doubt that in five years' time it will be the standard means of purchasing software. In short, you get the software for free but then pay an ongoing maintenance fee that includes upgrades to new versions.
Red Hat’s purchase of JBoss could spawn an all-encompassing open source development platform.
Running a Windows-only laptop is hardly ideal for people who do considerable work in the Linux environment. When Cygwin and ssh aren't enough, consider at least dual-booting into the free software world. Kevin Farnham recently converted his new laptop into a half-Windows, half-Ubuntu GNU/Linux machine. Here's how.
TimeSys has announced an additional set of new technical webinars focused on cross-development.
Applications are due today for Google's "Summer of Code" 2006, a program in which selected student developers will earn stipends and receive mentoring in exchange for contributing to open source software projects. Mentors are available from 102 projects, including several related to embedded Linux.
- Tollef Fog Heen has announced that the seventh alpha ("Flight") releases of Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Xubuntu 6.06 "Dapper Drake" are now ready for testing: "Flight 7, the latest alpha of Dapper Drake, is now available. Notable changes include: crashes in the Live CD installer have been fixed; file systems are now mounted in the right order, which fixes GRUB installation with a separate /boot partition; leading and trailing spaces in passwords now work properly." OSDir has some nice shots of Ubuntu 6.06 Flight 7 in the Ubuntu 6.06 Flight 7 Screenshot Tour
In this interesting guest column, Doug Roberts, a desktop Linux user for about two years, shares his perspective on switching from Windows to Linux, and what to think about when you decide to take the plunge. After an initial, unsuccessful attempt to install Xandros, Roberts tried a Knoppix live CD and soon installed Knoppix on his PC's hard drive, which has since morphed into "an almost pure Debian system." His Linux distro experience didn't stop there, however -- he's also dabbled with Mepis, Ubuntu, Kanotix, Puppy Linux, and others, and has seen (and is impressed by) SUSE.
uCertify announces the release of its upgraded Exam Simulation PrepKit for CompTIA's Linux+ certification exam (XK0-002)
Allows to centrally manage database servers with latest versions of Plesk control panel for Linux, UNIX or Windows.
News reports out of LinuxTag late last week have Andrew Morton, the second highest ranking Linux kernel developer, calling for a bug-fixing cycle to cut down on the growing number of bugs found in the latest kernel release. NewsForge contacted the number one man on the Linux project, Linus Torvalds, who acknowledged it might be the right time for a "bug cycle.
Ranch Networks, a maker of network management appliances, says its latest box can balance loads and provide failover for the open-source Asterisk IP PBX platform.
Elephants Dream, the open source short animation movie is ready!
[Could this be the world's first libre movie since Queen Ann's statute? I gotta order this! - dcparris]
Debian has issued an update for cgiirc. This fixes a vulnerability, which can be exploited by malicious users to cause a DoS (Denial of Service) and potentially compromise a vulnerable system.
LOS GATOS, California, May 8, 2006 - 3Dconnexion has announced Unix and Linux support for SpacePilot. The new USB driver supports HP-UX 11.0 or higher, IBM AIX 5.2 or higher, Solaris 9/04 or higher (SPARC-based systems), as well as Red Hat EL WS 3 and SuSE 9.2 and applications including CATIA versions 4 and 5, UGS NX versions 2, 3 and 4, I-DEAS and Pro/E Wildfire and Maya.
OpenLogic’s Unique “Expert Community” Program Taps Open Source Community to Provide Enterprise Support
Can you have open-source goodness and proprietary software in one Linux distribution? Linspire says yes, but Cyber Cynic Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols and others are not so sure.
With a tool so widely used by so many different types of people like the World Wide Web, it is necessary for everyone to understand as many aspects as possible about its functionality. From web designers to web developers to web users, this is a must read. Security is a job for everyone andHow To Break Web Software by Mike Andrews and James A. Whittaker is written for everyone to understand.
Provo, UT – Cluster Resources, Inc. today announced that Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) employed Moab Cluster Suite to manage its Cray XT3 Jaguar cluster, number ten in the Top500.org list, providing greater control and functionality.
Databases are a key piece of every organization's software infrastructure. They are complex pieces of software that we rely on to rapidly spit out data in response to queries and to reliably track transactions, never losing track of the fact that a payment has been made (or received).
We’re just back from LinuxTag, which took place in Wiesbaden this year from May 3rd until 6th.
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